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Grateful Dead Live at Nassau Coliseum on 1979-01-10

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Grateful Dead Live at Nassau Coliseum on 1979-01-10

Topics Live concert

Promised Land, Dire Wolf, Mama Tried-> Mexicali Blues, Tennessee Jed, Looks Like Rain, Stagger Lee, El Paso, Row Jimmy, Passenger, Loser, The Music Never Stopped Shakedown Street, I Need A Miracle-> Bertha-> Good Lovin', Dark Star-> Drums-> Wharf Rat-> Saint Stephen-> Around & Around, E: Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Nassau Coliseum
Location Uniondale, NY

Source Audience Recording: Nak 300's
Lineage FOB made with Nak 300's and Sony TC-158 > DAT > Soundforge > CDR; CDR > Cdparanoia > SHN
Taped by Keith Gatto
Transferred by


Recorded by .
12th row center stage with Sony ECM-280 mics > Sony 158
Master Cassette was played back on a Nak Dragon > Sony PCM R-700 for the A > D

Thanks to Robert Donnelly for the disks.

Cdparanoia by Jeff Kempka on 4/27/2000.


Reviewer: aiko-aiko-all-day - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 2, 2013
Subject: My First and Only St. Stephen
The show was rocking, I was 12th row w/out a ticket. The Shakedown was incredible. I swear Jerry was crying on stage literally during Wharf Rat. This St. Stephen was not a St. Stephen like on Live Dead, but surprisingly I was the only time I seen them play St. Stephen! For that reason along I give this a 5 star. Jerry was really emotional on stage.
Reviewer: feather0926 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2012
Subject: A January Gem
This is one of those shows I wish I attended. Not great but better than average. 4 stars.
Reviewer: wisconsindead - - January 21, 2011
Subject: Dark Star...
Well I havent listened to the entire Dark Star but I think its safe to say that the New Years 78-79 dark star most certainly trumps this one. This version has the length by a few minutes, but i dont think it has the intensity or emotion of the new years performance. I guess its hard to say when the sound quality is so much worse, cant hear it like you would with a perfect SBD... Also... I think that L. guy was saying that the New Years Dark Star is better than many from 71-74, if thats what hes saying he would be CORRECT! Trust me, I love dark star, its the only reason i checked this show out. I personally love the 72 dark stars the most but I enjoy them all. But the DS from new years 78-79 is flame, its excellent playing, unique DS sound. And i am positive you could find at least one, if not 20-30 DS that are worse from 71-74 than the new years 78-79 DS.
Reviewer: rollawaythedew! - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 18, 2011
Subject: BusStoppedHere
WOW…. It really was a great show… I thought so as it was happening but it was my very first Dead show so I was kind of like WOW the whole night. Nice recording. I agree, the audience is not a problem but a background energy positive here. Great versions of Shakedown Street, Miracle, Around & Around, Dark Star, St. Stephen, Row Jimmy, Music Never Stopped. I remember the Coliseum was shakin a lot that night- the opening Shakedown BOMB was really, really cool. It was the only show I saw with Keith and Donna. I remember really loving watching Donna on stage, great backlighting. She does a great job singing at this show. I got on the bus and stayed on ... next gig was Lafayette College in May 79 to begin my first Road Trip (with my brother O) – covering Lafayette, Binghamton and U. Mass Amherst shows (rather than covering a weeks worth of classes at Oswego State!) It all worked out
Peace and gratefulness…..
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 14, 2010
Subject: ummm...
this Dark Star is decent at best and though it may be apples and oranges to compare eras, if you think this one is great, someone needs to strap you to a chair dosed with about 200 mics and throw on 12/6/73 or basically any one from 1969 - gimme a break!
Reviewer: Sedula - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 17, 2009
Subject: better than many of the Dark Stars from '71-'74 (what!)
L. Roseley said: " better than many of the Dark Stars from '71-'74"

You must be doesd right now because while it does not suck to compare it to anything from '71-74 is laughable. It may have been great to see, but it wasn't near anthing from the ealry 70's.
Reviewer: lovehaight - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2009
Subject: Jimkrum is an asshole!!
and he's deaf as well...
Reviewer: jakester76 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 21, 2007
Subject: amazing shakedown!!
I was completely blown away over this shakedown st. and for an audience tape it sounded PRETTY FUCKIN GOOD!!!
Reviewer: cringle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 24, 2007
Subject: Shake Your Bones, '79 style!
Yeah the crowd noise is a little up in the mix ... but the more you get into just listening to and diggin on the show ... the less you notice or mind at all.

Don't turn your back on this EPIC 2nd set because of a little crowd noise. 5 min into Shakedown and you'll be thanking yourself already
Reviewer: mpls music lover - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2007
Subject: great
I love evpaco's review. An actual story about something important.

"Everyone was screaming for a song called Dark Star so I screamed for it too"

who wouldn't want to hear Dark Star? haha thats a great first time story. Thanks for sharing!
Reviewer: IMBoogie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2006
Subject: the clapping. ugh
great show, but the audience clap-along with almost every song drove me crazy.
Reviewer: jmm2112 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 29, 2006
Subject: excellent aud
Just the right amount of crowd--not distracting but you know they're there. Agree Shakedown is 5 stars. Also, 5 stars for Passenger--my favorite version, so far.
Reviewer: grendelschoice - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 14, 2006
Subject: Great show from underrated year
'79 is somehow overlooked as a stellar Dead year. This show is one of the best from that year.

My favorite Shakedown ever. (I didn't say 'best', just my favorite). Intricate Jerry notes and a killer sustained and gritty solo before the coda.

Outstanding DarkStar, killer Miracle (featuring a looooong and hard rockin' Jerry guitar jam), and an overall brilliant show. The following night was my first show ever. Not as good as this one but no slouch either.

Sound quality, especially for an aud, is 4 stars at least. Show is an easy 5. DL highly recommended.
Reviewer: Hage - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2006
Subject: All-Around Great Show!!
The reviews to date are right on; this show Rocks!! Enjoy
Reviewer: cardgamermanguy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 29, 2006
Subject: like it
good performance all the way through, my favorite is shakedown street. jerry's solo is flawless. not bad sound for an aud.
Reviewer: Rich D - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 12, 2006
Subject: Stream Only?
This is a great show - I agree w/much that has been said. The stagger Lee is just incredible and this may be my favorite dark star ever. The way the band builds up to the last dark star theme is so damn good!

Does anyone know why this and some other AUD's are now stream only. I'm lucky I downloaded it a week or two ago!

5 for performance, 4 1/2 for sound
Reviewer: Solverde - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2006
Subject: Just like being there!
I like audience recordings much better than soundboards when they are of good quality,
like this one. Being able to hear the crowd
cheering, clapping and singing along really
helps transport you to the show.

Awesome quality for an aud, and good playing
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2006
Subject: Clean playing, great set list
This is a nice version of Dark Star here, as is much of the second set. The 12/31/78 Dark Star was the first in 4 years, and is better than many of the Dark Stars from '71-'74. Also one of the last St. Stephens for a few years. St. Stephens was revived in 1976, and here it is one of last in the '76 style.

The playing throughout the whole show is excellent, and the boys are sharp. Jerry's voice is a little off, something that become more and more common as the years passed. I thought the very first reviewer here had good comments about the end of an era, as one of Keith and Donna's last shows, and last good shows.
Reviewer: geduffer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2006
Subject: Big show
I was lucky enough to be at this first Nassau show since '73. The first set was a nice prelude to what was about to happen. Moved behind the lower bowl seats stage left for the second set and got a nice buzz on as the opened Shakedown, then ripped through the I Need a Miracle->Bertha->Good Lovin' trifecta. Listening to the tuning before the next tune, I thought I heard something special about to happen and I nudged the guy next to me and said Dark Star! Of course he said no way, dude, they don't do it anymore. No sooner did those words leave his mouth than out from the stage came the opening notes of Dark Star and the place went nuts. In the end that very nice first set gave way to a crusher of a second set that left me completely spent and very fried.

My kudos to the taper who managed to make a superior aud (I tend to prefer boards since my hearing has aged) in a building that is notorious for bad acoustics. The show is a definite 5. The recording is worth a 5 or better just for getting a nice sounding recording in that concrete tomb!
Reviewer: birdsgosouth - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 22, 2006
Subject: Fav post-74 Dark Star
this Dark Star is so sweet. Jerry's playing after the 1st verse - wow. Makes you sad to think they could have done it all the time in this era, it sounds so effortless and unforced. This one SMOKES 12/31/78, for sure. 1/20 is good, too, but this one is it. Awesome show!!
Reviewer: Shurgymanolia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2005
Subject: Shurgymagnolia
Reviewer: luckymw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2005
Subject: is there a board of this show??
2nd set is an absolute monster kicking off with a hot Shakedown jam and a blistering triplet following it. I was in the loge and I swear i saw the entire floor section levitate when they broke into only the 2nd Dark Star in 5 years. Listening to it now, it sounds a little stiff, played almost like a march rather, almost like the drummers forgot how to jazz it up like the old days. If there was a board of this show it would rate much higher.
Reviewer: evpaco - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2005
Subject: My First Show
I had Skeletons From the Closet plus Shakedown St. and St. Stephen was my favoite song on the albums. I was in 9th grade and had been to a few concerts at the Coliseum so I thought I knew what to expect. This show changed my life! It has a country twang through the first set and then then it takes you to new place altogether and ends with my hit and rock and roll. They needed no pyrotechnics (which were very populart then) and they blew me away.

Everyone was screaming for a song called Dark Star so I screamed for it too then a guy leans in to me and says "dude their doin' it" I was baked and had no idea when this new song started but I did know this was the start of my love affair with the Dead that would last over 200+ shows.

I think the quality is great for an audience tape. I like the energy and knowing this was my first show **********.
Reviewer: Shaggy_Bugga - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2005
Subject: Dead 79'
I haven't heard too many shows from 79' but this one is a great one for sure. Definately worth the download. God bless the Grateful Dead!!!
Reviewer: gratefulhan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 24, 2005
Subject: How about this!
Although I have never heard this show before, I have always wanted to get it. I based this on two factors: First, this show took place shortly after the closing of Winterland and the band was on a roll. Second, I took a look at the set list and it was tantalizing, particularly the second set. I know it is not always good to judge a show based on a set list, but when the set list is combined with the way I thought the band was playing at that time, I thought I might as well try....Success! This show not only met my expectations, it exceded them. It sounds like it was a high energy show for both the band and the crowd. I know there is lot crowd noise, but I actually like that. Many of the tapes that I had in the past sounded similar to this and it transports you into the audience, as if you are actually there. This is especially enjoyable if were to young to be concerts at that time (like myself). I hope more people (especially ones like me)download this to get a small taste of the experience.
Reviewer: jimkrum - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2005
Subject: average
there is no way to describe this download as great quality unless you want the feel of standing about 100 rows away in the coliseum. The instruments were picked up just fine but the vocals are very much missed.
Reviewer: DuneTripper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2005
Subject: The Spaceship Landed
Five Stars plus. I saw this show down on the floor, there were many of those among us that had all partaken and all witnessed the spaceship that came down during the jam and scrambled our psychedelic souls to the core. I was 17 and this was probably my 20th show and it hooked me for good. If anyone can recommend a better space jam please advise. I had a tape of this show shortly after the show and then I lost it in about '82. I've searched for a long time to hear this again so thank you for the upload. I'm sure many of you can relate to the flashback goosebumps I felt hearing this show for the first time in 22 years. The Dark Star has a beautiful crescendo, Bertha's got that awesome rhythm/keys/lead tradeoff going in the second part of the break, and check out the Miracle, with Jerry riffing the whirlybirds and the crowd goin bananas. Other reviews on this show are right on. Don't miss this one. Turn it up, sit back, and get ready to launch.
Reviewer: mudshark82 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2004
Subject: Chuck Berry lives in 79!
What more can anyone ask for than the first set opening with a Chuck Berry song, the second set closing with one and then an encore of a third. Great sound quality too.
Reviewer: thefuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2004
Subject: get it
This show is a great show and the sound is quite good. Download it. 4&1/2 or 5
Reviewer: toysekr - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2004
Subject: My First Dead Show
I came out of this show a big fan...I remember it snowing in the parking lot...
Reviewer: sheikyerbouti - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 21, 2004
Subject: Not sure why no one stepped up here...
This is a rocking show and one of Donna and Keith's last(2/17/79)2nd to last dark star of '79 and then zip until 12/31/81 and this was a rocking show - I was in 9th grade and my parents would not let me go to this prob for good reason.....

Whole first set is good but loser>music ripping.... Set II is a Winterland caliber show in Uniondale NY and presages the Wynton show 10 years hence. Donna is on and reminds us why she was nice to have around on shakedown, bertha, miracle, dark star is luminescent and Donna's last as she was not on stage when they played this in Buffalo 10 days later.

Not sure if anyone else agree but think it can be argued this represents the last of that legendary '76,'77,'78 era any doubters can consider that they shuttered St Stephen until 4 1/2 years later at the Garden 10/11/83 (352 shows).

One last thought, when shakedown came out alot of people were conflicted over whether or not is was heretical to like shakedown as this was a 'sellout' disco song... you can hear the muted response from the crowd and this was the height of the 'disco sucks' movement where they steamrolling disco albums - this version goes along way to winning over doubters - just got to poke around rap goes on forever....

This deserves a 5 as it is a superior show, great quality, and is a milestone whether they knew it or not.
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